Troupe FAQ

Learn More about First Act's Troupes

Our Dance Company, Improv Troupe, and Musical Theatre Troupe represent the best of First Act KC to the community! Offering more performance opportunities and exciting trips, our troupes are a great way to further your experiences at First Act. 

More Questions?

General Troupe Questions – Michelle Evans at michelle@firstactkc.org

Dance Company Questions – Liz Watkins at liz@firstactkc.org

Improv Troupe Questions – Andrew Milbourn at andrew@firstactkc.org

MT Troupe Questions – Hillary Talken at hillary@firstactkc.org or Jana Latchaw Milbourn at jana@firstactkc.org

Troupe Overview

Dance Company

The First Act KC Dance Company is a select group of dancers who represent the First Act Theatre Arts Dance Studio out in the community and at specialized dance performances. Students audition for the group during the fall semester. Rehearsals are held in the winter and spring, and the group begins performing during the spring semester.

Past performances include Theatre in the Park, Starlight, and Project Dance in NYC!

Improv Troupe

Each year, First Act Theatre Arts holds auditions for students ages 12 to 18 to be a part of our award-winning Improv Troupe. This group works to fully develop original characters in each scene, show how their characters are connected to one another, establish the world in which the scene is set, and follow the rules and restrictions of a variety of improv games.

Be a part of our exciting series, SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE hosted once a month at the First Act studios in the spring.

Musical Theatre Troupe

The First Act Musical Theatre Troupe is a select group of performers with strength in acting, and vocals who represent First Act Theatre Arts. Students audition for the group late summer. For the 24/25 season the MT Troupe will be traveling to attend and compete at JTF Atlanta in January as well as perform in community events in the spring and early summer.

First Act Troupe FAQ

Who is eligible to be in a troupe?

Eligibility varies for each troupe. Before you audition for a troupe, please check your calendar and make sure that you are available for the important rehearsal and performance dates.

Dance Company Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Any level of dancer!
  • Must be taking a dance class at First Act in the style they want to do in Company
  • Must enroll in a Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 Dance Class
  • Must be enrolled in a Ballet class with First Act or able to take at least two of the Saturday Ballet workshops that are offered in the fall and spring.
  • Must be ages 12-18 (must turn 12 by January 1, 2025)

 

MT Troupe Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be ages 10-18
  • Must be able to financially support all of their troupe costs.

 

Improv Troupe Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must be ages 12-18.

When are auditions for each troupe?

Each troupe auditions in the fall semester of each year. 2024-2025 Audition dates are as follows:

MT Troupe – Saturday, August 3rd – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Dance Company – Sunday, October 6th – 2:00-5:00 PM

Improv Troupe – Sunday, October 13h  – 4:30-6:30 PM

Can I be in multiple troupes?

Yes! As long as they fit your family’s schedule, you can participate in multiple troupes. We do our best to make sure schedules do not overlap, and when they do, we are considerate of students in multiple troupes. Each troupe is a significant commitment, so we ask that you thoughtfully consider your participation!

What are the financial obligations for each troupe?

Costs vary from troupe to troupe, please check their individual pages for detailed cost information.

Dance Company – $375 Troupe Fee + $400 Costume and Event Fee

Improv Troupe – $375 Troupe Fee

MT Troupe –  $1400 – includes trip fee and JTF registration costs – JTF travel not included